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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #50 on: May 21, 2015, 08:20:03 AM »
Laurel & Hardy - even though they are more corny that a tine of Jolly Green Giant - my favourites are 'Way Out West' and 'Sons of the Desert'.
 

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #51 on: May 21, 2015, 08:36:35 AM »
It takes all sorts, Floo. I love the cinema experience - especially in such a wonderful environment as the Regal in Evesham, where you can have drinks brought to your table from the bar at the back of the stalls.

Films - so difficult but:

Bridge on the River Kwai
The Ladykillers - both with the incomparable Alec Guinness
ET - The Extra Terrestrial
The Millenium Trilogy - in Swedish (Dragon Tattoo etc)
Henry V (Olivier)
The Book Thief
James Bond (well, some of them)

My grand children have made me watch Frozen about a dozen times but it doesn't hold a candle to Spirited Away, Whisper of the Heart, Howl's Moving Castle or just about anything else from Studio Ghibli

North by Northwest
Star Trek (well, some of them)
Indiana Jones (all of them)

A Man for All Seasons
The Thief of Baghdad
Robin Hood (Erroll Flynn)
Annie Get Your Gun
The King's Speech
The Theory of Everything

I realise I am weird, but find the cinema screen too much in your face and too loud. Also I am not comfortable with too many other people around me. I think I have been to the cinema less than 10 times in my 65 years, and only once as a child.
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #52 on: May 21, 2015, 09:03:14 AM »
That's very interesting, Floo.

When i was a child, trips to the cinema were weekly events ... and there was the Saturday morning children's film show. I think that watching films is essentially a communal activity - and like theatre - audience participation is part of the experience. And the big screen enables you to immerse yourself in the action.

One of the the things that pissed me off as a child though, was continuous performances. You could enter a cinema at any stage of the presentation, in the middle of the feature film. When I went with my family, my father would suddenly get up and say "this is where we came in" and we would all troop out. It made a nonsense of the film narrative.
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #53 on: May 21, 2015, 09:22:56 AM »
I remember the 'this is where we came in' too - doesn't happen today.

I also remember that when I was a child of cinema going age, late 50's/early 60's, it was often the case that you would see two films - got it right this time, Trent  :) - for your dosh, where the main feature film had a supporting film.

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #54 on: May 21, 2015, 09:36:58 AM »
I remember the 'this is where we came in' too - doesn't happen today.

I also remember that when I was a child of cinema going age, late 50's/early 60's, it was often the case that you would see two films - got it right this time, Trent  :) - for your dosh, where the main feature film had a supporting film.
I think the 'this is where we came in' generally happened in the secondary feature. When I started going although there were double bills, it was usually one film you particularly wanted to see. So you got there in time for that and if you were early watched the other film and then stayed around to see up to where you came in.

On the subject of the use of the word 'movies', I think there is a dialect thing here. I would suggest that use of the term movies is relatively common in the West of Scotland, and Glasgow in particularly, due to Glaswegians often thinking they are a sixth borough of New York. It was certainly quite common when I was growing up amongst my parents generation.

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #55 on: May 21, 2015, 09:40:09 AM »
That's very interesting, Floo.

When i was a child, trips to the cinema were weekly events ... and there was the Saturday morning children's film show. I think that watching films is essentially a communal activity - and like theatre - audience participation is part of the experience. And the big screen enables you to immerse yourself in the action.

One of the the things that pissed me off as a child though, was continuous performances. You could enter a cinema at any stage of the presentation, in the middle of the feature film. When I went with my family, my father would suddenly get up and say "this is where we came in" and we would all troop out. It made a nonsense of the film narrative.

My parents didn't approve of the cinema so my sisters and I didn't go. I did go once with my school for an educational film when I was about 12.

I don't like audience participation as I prefer to watch a film or TV programme in silence, so does my husband.  As I said I am weird because although I don't enjoy social events of that nature, I don't mind being the one the audience comes to see ;D! I give talks from time to time, and have taken part in TV programmes and films! I am giving a talk the week after next.
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #56 on: May 21, 2015, 09:51:54 AM »
Is it on how you tried to fool people with your ghost stories?
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #57 on: May 21, 2015, 09:58:00 AM »
Is it on how you tried to fool people with your ghost stories?

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #59 on: May 21, 2015, 01:07:56 PM »
Dear Gordon,

Way out West, Lonesome Pine, me and my younger brothers party piece, he's the fat bloke :P

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #60 on: May 21, 2015, 09:17:35 PM »
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2015, 12:50:40 PM »
Fun!

Laputa: Castle in the sky (but I love most others from studio ghibli)
Blade Runner
Star wars (all of them)
Indiana Jones (first three... really Harrowby... how could you?!)
Primer
Tron (both of them)
Stand By Me
Brazil
Time Bandits
Erik the Viking
Life of Brian
Groundhog day
Batteries Not Included (cheesy and soft but I love it)
The Core (overblown nonsense... with an awesome laser powered drilling machine!!!!)
Stargate

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #62 on: May 26, 2015, 11:32:04 PM »
To satisfy BA, my favourite film is probably Pirates of the Caribbean: CotBP.

Having got that out of the way, other films I really like:

Jaws
The Incredibles
The Godfather
Life of Brian
Holy Grail
Die Hard
Casino Royale (DC version)
Groundhog Day
Senna
Blade Runner

I could go on for a while...
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #63 on: May 27, 2015, 09:09:42 PM »
Saving Private Ryan
Face/Off
The Dark Knight
Groundhog Day
Forrest Gump
Goodfellas
Back To The Future
Weekend At Bernies
Gladiator
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #64 on: May 27, 2015, 09:13:04 PM »
Torn (original) - blew me away in the cinema as a kid.

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #65 on: May 28, 2015, 09:45:27 PM »
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #66 on: June 14, 2015, 09:48:12 PM »
The Offence directed by Sidney Lumet starring Sean Connery in quite possibly his best performance

The Friends  of Eddie Coyle directed by Peter Yates starring the great Robert Mitchum,  adapted from George V Higgins book
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #67 on: June 14, 2015, 10:12:40 PM »
Torn (original) - blew me away in the cinema as a kid.

Which film is this?

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2015, 11:22:45 PM »
Torn (original) - blew me away in the cinema as a kid.

Which film is this?

She means Tron.
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #69 on: December 05, 2015, 09:33:45 PM »

Reminded of this when John Doe mentioned on TV. Great film.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meet_John_Doe

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Re: My favourite movie is
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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #71 on: December 10, 2015, 04:36:26 PM »
One? A single film? Just the one! Surely, you jest? 'Don't call me Shirley'

Given that restriction then it is I Know Where I'm Going


Just noticed this. I only came across it in the last two years - I had very mixed feelings about it, particularly concerning Roger Livesey's O-so-English Laird (though I know a lot of the Scottish lairds do speak with upper-class English accents). Do you think the subtext was to help unify British spirit throughout the various parts of the UK during wartime (in this case particularly Scotland of course)? As it were "This is what we are fighting for, this is the splendour of diversity in unity that Britain displays"? Not a very SNP type message, I think.

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #72 on: December 10, 2015, 04:51:37 PM »
I think you are thinking a bit too about it. It's as Scottish as 'bloody' Brigadoon. I don't think there is even that much thought given to the war, it's a backdrop rather than the foreground as in Colonel Blimp. It's simply to me a classic tale of opposites, or those who appear opposite set against a mythical take on humanity.

Livesey in the Powell and Pressberger films just seems like a muse of decency and in that sense is representative of a quintessence of what we would at least argue was being fought for, but given the role of Anton Walbrook on Blimp, I think the Archers were trying for a universalism.


I am not sure what you are getting at in terms of the SNP, but there is a strain in the film that could be argued for strong devolution and location bring central. 'the fish, they.do may know him'.

But since I am not a supporter of independence for reasons like that, it is unimportant (leaving aside that I don't really think it is about Scotland anymore than Outlander is)
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« Reply #73 on: December 12, 2015, 04:06:50 PM »
I think you are thinking a bit too about it. It's as Scottish as 'bloody' Brigadoon. I don't think there is even that much thought given to the war, it's a backdrop rather than the foreground as in Colonel Blimp. It's simply to me a classic tale of opposites, or those who appear opposite set against a mythical take on humanity.


But it's got John Laurie in it doing the Highland Fling in a kilt! :) Of course, I never thought there was that much Scottishness in it. I'll look at it again in the light of your comments.

I didn't suppose that your thoughts on Scottish independence could be pinned down to anything simplistic, by the way.

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Re: My favourite movie is
« Reply #74 on: December 14, 2015, 06:36:11 PM »
I haven't been to the cinema for ages, last time was to see the unmemorable Da Vinci Code and, frankly, I don't know why I bothered.  However I used to go a lot, prefer watching films on TV or DVD now.

Some favourites are:

Gandhi
Bend it Like Beckham
Dirty Dancing  (the only lightweight musical film I've really enjoyed, seen it several times and it cheers me up)
Wyatt Earp (with Kevin Costner)
The Omen - a superior supernatural/horror film
Easy Rider

Those are a small selection, undoubtedly there are others which I may add sine die.
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